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Eating Healthy While Living At Home: The Struggle You Know All Too Well

After my two weeks of Chloe Ting’s shred, I was feeling strong and invincible… that is, until I went home. It seems that old habits die hard. And those habits include over-sized bowls of ice cream, late night nibbles, and the all-too-often breakfast from my favorite local restaurant.

My family was never properly educated about food. In fact, I don’t think most of us are. Do you know how to read the food labels on the back of our packaged edibles? I certainly don’t. I just use my taste buds to tell me what’s good and what isn’t. Not exactly nutritious accuracy at its finest. 

These habits, which dictated the first 18 years of my life, were easier to forget when living in my never-never land of Koh Tao, but being back in my childhood home seems to have instantly reverted me to tried and true habits.

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Frustration, Sadness, and Adjustment: My First 48 Hours in America

48 hours of being home after almost a year of living abroad has been enough to make me feel like a moody teenager all over again.

Home is a four lettered word that can shape shift depending on the lips of the person speaking it. To some, home might mean a place to sleep for the night, while to others home might be the house that they grew up in, and to others still home is not a literal house, but wherever their loved ones are. My home will always be Cape May, the small South Jersey town where I grew up.

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Yes, Just 2 Weeks of Working Out Can Change Your Body

What started as a ‘what if’ joke between my sister and I abruptly came to an end about five minutes into Chloe Ting’s Two Week Shred Challenge, when we were swimming in puddles of sweat and wondering if we could possibly survive another 13 days. 

Are YouTube workouts usually this hard? Could we possibly be this out of shape? The workouts were relatively short, but boy does Chloe know how to maximize those seconds.

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Self Love: 3 Months Without Looking into a Mirror

Today I saw a full body mirror for the first time in over three months. Since changing apartments in February, I have been living in a place without any mirrors besides my phone and a small hand mirror.

Initially, it was really strange – not because I particularly cared how my outfits looked, but because I was used to looking at my body everyday and analyzing it. It’s easy to get out of the shower and notice how you look, then decide if it’s ‘good’ or ‘bad.’

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Is 7 Days With Chloe Ting Enough to Notice a Difference?

I’d say I’m just about to get started on day seven of my attempt to complete Chloe Ting’s Two Week Shred Challenge, but I’m going to replace that with STRIDING into day seven. I feel good!

Make no bones about it, Chloe Ting absolutely wrecked me the first few days. I looked like a worm squirming in the dirt after a rainstorm. (Enjoy that visual.) After doing what felt like my 25th repetition of up-down planks, I started thinking about writing my will. I wondered if anyone would ever find my remains here in Thailand, Chloe Ting video still playing in the background…

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My Two Week Fitness Journey with Chloe Ting

I have exactly 17 days until I leave Koh Tao. That’s just over two weeks to pack up, say my goodbyes, and …. start a new habit?

That’s right, there’s no better time like the present and I’m going to attempt (emphasis on ATTEMPT) to complete Chloe Ting’s Two Weeks Shred Challenge. I’ve never heard of her before but her videos have over 12 million views, so apparently I’ve been living under a rock.

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365 Days After Graduation: A Letter to the Class of 2020

It’s miraculous how another 365 days has managed to defy my awareness again. Just like that, it’s been a year since I graduated from college. There have been just a few small changes since then…

For starters, I traveled to 2 new continents (Australia and Asia) and 5 new countries (New Zealand, Australia, India, Thailand, Cambodia) and made a pit stop in England along the way. Most of that trip I did alone – a tremendous experience for personal growth. I moved to another continent, became a freediving instructor, and finally got back on track with writing this dang blog (long overdue, I know). 

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3 Vital Self-Love Lessons That Helped Me Survive Quarantine

While Netflix might be making a few extra million dollars this month, not everyone has had such positive experiences during the pandemic. Facing separation from loved ones is no easy task, and being alone with your demons for over a month is purgatory for some.

Rather than let the negative corners of my mind wreck havoc on the rest of my mental health, I turned quarantine into an experiment: how could I use this time to learn about myself? After all, such an extended amount of ‘frozen’ time like this will probably never happen again… hopefully.

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Dealing With Quarantine Guilt

I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people in the world, trapped on an island without Coronavirus, but there are still days when I long for home or a hug from a loved one. Sometimes the blue skies feel a little emptier knowing your family and friends are on another continent. You can’t see tropical beaches and sunshine if your mind is somewhere else.

Some days I face strong internal battles of guilt. I miss home and feel a little lonely, but simultaneously know that quarantine doesn’t get much better than this. So my mind chatters along, one half feeling invincible and the second half trying to drag the first half down a dark canyon of anxiety.

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Why I Trashed My Old Workout Mentality

Being in quarantine has made me realize that I need to change the way I view and treat my body. Obviously, we have a lot of spare time on our hands right now. I’ve been trying to use some of it to work out, but I’d be lying if I said that my fridge hasn’t been tempting me in the meantime. It always knows how to get my attention.

Throughout the last few weeks, a daily pattern has started to make itself apparent. It’s been too easy to grab a bite to eat just because there’s nothing else to do, so my mind and hands wander over to the fridge. Before I know it, the snack has been gobbled down without so much as a thought. Was I actually hungry when I ate? Not particularly. I wasn’t being mindful or paying attention to what my body actually needed.

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